LEMONT, IL-Englewood Construction, based here, has begun work on six projects in the Chicago area, and the firm’s president said he expects the work to increase this year. Bill Di Santo says there’s been an uptick in retail construction bidding activity, and tenant expansion plans are finally being taken off ice.

Englewood has started construction on a new O’Reilly Auto Parts store at 820 E. Roosevelt Rd. in Wheaton, a new Advanced Auto Parts store on Northwest Highway in Crystal Lake, a new Armani store on the fifth floor at Water Tower Place in downtown Chicago for General Growth Properties, a Charming Charlie store at Fox Valley Shopping Mall in Aurora for Westfield, and a small Mrs. Fields/TCBY Yogurt at Westfield Old Orchard in Skokie.

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